- The Washington Times - Monday, October 12, 2009

UP-DOWNS

JIM ZORN [down]

Loss to winless Panthers caps a difficult week; things might get even tougher

CHRIS SAMUELS [down]

Early exit by veteran tackle weakens an already shaky offensive line

BYRON WESTBROOK [down]

Wrong place at wrong time as punt strikes his foot and leads to decisive score

PLAYER OF THE GAME

Jake Delhomme

In the throes of a miserable season, the veteran Panthers quarterback overcame an interception and fumble to bring his team back in the fourth quarter and lead Carolina to its first victory of the year.

PLAY OF THE GAME

Score: Washington 17, Carolina 12

Quarter: Fourth, 10:15 remaining

Situation: Panthers’ ball, fourth-and-15 on the Carolina 46

The play: Jason Baker punted high and short for the Panthers. With a crowd surrounding return man Antwaan Randle El, the ball struck the foot of the Redskins’ Byron Westbrook, and Dante Wesley recovered for the Panthers at the Washington 12. Jonathan Stewart’s 8-yard touchdown run and a two-point conversion gave Carolina its first lead at 20-17, and the score held up.

UP NEXT

Kansas City Chiefs (0-5) at Washington Redskins (2-3)

When: Sunday, 1 p.m.

Where: FedEx Field

TV/radio: Ch. 9, ESPN 980

Outlook: With another lackluster offensive effort Sunday, the Redskins lost again to a winless team, blowing a 15-point second-half lead in a 20-17 defeat to Carolina. Whether Jim Zorn coaches Washington against another team seeking its first victory remains to be seen. Kansas City, meanwhile, gave up a big lead to Dallas but forced overtime in the final minute before losing 26-20. Dallas receiver Miles Austin torched the Chiefs’ secondary for 250 yards and two TDs. Kansas City generated nothing on the ground, but quarterback Matt Cassel (23-for-41, 253 yards, two TDs) was competent.

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